I paint figurative works that investigate memories and familial relationships, specifically between mother and child. I am interested in the
maternal figure as purveyor of personal mythologies and how these inherited stories perpetuate patterns of thought and behaviors in ones

My paintings often feature adolescent female figures, intended to appear dominant, emotionally enigmatic and invulnerable. I use space to
suggest a reverse psychological experience by elevating the children to look down upon or directly at the viewer.

I draw upon my life experience and personal history as subject matter for my work. As a child, in a dark and noise-filled house, my search for
quiet was a necessary and constant pursuit. Through the process of creating and making images, I discovered silence, solace and the art of
telling stories.
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